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Screen and Media Studies

The media are a central fact of life in the 21st century. Screen and Media Studies provides students with the skills and understanding necessary for citizens in today's rapidly evolving media environments. The Screen and Media Studies major combines an education in critical thinking with instruction in how media are made, focusing on the relations between the local and the global, and the origins and futures of both the traditional and new media. From animation to computer games, from news production to New Zealand films, students learn about how established media, such as cinema and television, have shaped our ways of seeing the world and discover how those media are being 'remediated' by the new digital and web-based technologies.
Screen and Media Studies is available as a major for the BA and BMCT. Screen and Media Studies may also be taken as a second major or as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.
To complete a major in Screen and Media Studies for the BA, students must gain 120 points above 100 level in Screen and Media Studies, including SMST209, SMST219, SMST321, and at least 40 further points above 200 level. Students are advised that CRPC301 cannot be counted towards the Screen and Media Studies major for the BA. It is recommended that students intending to major in Screen and Media Studies for the BA include SMST101 and SMST102 in the first year of their programme of study.
To complete a major in Screen and Media Studies for the BMCT, students must gain 120 points above 100 level in Screen and Media Studies, including SMST217, SMST308, 40 points from SMST209, SMST210, SMST212 or SMST216, and 40 points from SMST310, SMST312, SMST318 or SMST319. As well as the 100 level compulsory papers for the BMCT degree, it is recommended that students intending to major in Screen and Media Studies for the BMCT include papers in the first year of their programme of study that meet prerequisites for study at 200 level and above.

Note: Candidates must gain at least 60 points at 100 level in any subject(s) before enrolling in Screen and Media Studies papers above 100 level, and at least 90 points at 100 and 200 level before enrolling in Screen and Media Studies papers above 200 level.


  • 100 level
  • CGRD161 - 14B (HAM)  - Effective Visual Communication
  • CRPC101 - 14A (HAM)  - Creative Technologies and Creative Practice
  • ENGL112 - 14B (HAM)  - From Page to Screen: Literature as Text and Film
  • HIST145 - 14A (HAM)  - History on Film
  • MUSI140 - 14A (HAM)  - Music and Computers
  • SMST101 - 14A (HAM)  - Digital Screens
  • SMST102 - 14B (HAM)  - Media Cultures
  • SMST112 - 14A (HAM) & 14B (HAM)  - Video Production 1
  • SMST120  - The Creative Industries
  • 200 level
  • ANTH205 - 14B (HAM)  - Anthropological Media
  • CHIN204 - 14A (HAM) & 14T (HAM)  - Visualising China
  • MUSI240 - 14B (HAM)  - Screen Music Composition
  • PHIL219  - Media Ethics
  • POLS200 - 14B (HAM)  - Politics and the Media
  • SMST201 - 14A (HAM) & 14S (HAM)  - Media in Aotearoa and Australia
  • SMST207  - Media Research
  • SMST208 - 14A (HAM) & 14B (HAM)  - Histories of the Moving Image
  • SMST209 - 14B (HAM)  - Topics in Media Representation
  • SMST210 - 14T (HAM)  - Small Studio Production 1
  • SMST212 - 14A (HAM) & 14B (HAM)  - Video Production 2
  • SMST214 - 14A (HAM)  - Contemporary World Cinema
  • SMST215  - Contemporary American Television
  • SMST216 - 14B (HAM)  - Television: Medium, Narrative and Audience
  • SMST217 - 14A (HAM)  - Screen Media and Digital Practices
  • SMST218 - 14A (HAM)  - Writing for Screen Media
  • SMST219 - 14A (HAM)  - Screen Theory
  • SOCY202 - 14B (HAM)  - Popular Culture
  • 300 level
  • CRPC301 - 14Y (HAM)  - Creative Technologies and Creative Practice Project
  • HIST319 - 14A (HAM)  - Digital Histories: Public and Collective Memories
  • SMST302  - Screen Theory
  • SMST306 - 14B (HAM)  - The Documentary Screen
  • SMST307  - Writing for Screen Media
  • SMST308 - 14A (HAM)  - Advanced Integrated Screen Media
  • SMST309 - 14B (HAM)  - Propaganda and Advertising
  • SMST310 - 14A (HAM)  - Small Studio Production 2
  • SMST311 - 14B (HAM)  - Screen, Spirituality and Culture
  • SMST312 - 14A (HAM) & 14B (HAM)  - Video Production 3
  • SMST313 - 14C (HAM)  - Screen and Media Internship
  • SMST318 - 14A (HAM)  - Animation Studies
  • SMST319  - Games Studies
  • SMST320 - 14B (HAM) & 14T (HAM)  - Making Media for Export
  • SMST321 - 14A (HAM)  - Media Research
  • SMST350 - 14T (HAM)  - Special Topic: Writing for Web Series
  • SMST390 - 14A (HAM), 14B (HAM), 14S (HAM) & 14Y (HAM)  - Directed Study
  • Prescriptions for the GradCert(SMSt) and GradDip(SMSt)
    A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Screen and Media Studies at an advanced level in their first degree. To complete a Graduate Diploma, students must take SMST207, SMST214, SMST302, and 60 further points at 300 level offered by Screen and Media Studies or approved by the Chairperson of Department.
    For further details, contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office.
  • Prescriptions for the PGCert(SMSt), PGDip(SMSt), BA(Hons) , BMCT(Hons), MA and MMCT
    To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in graduate papers in Screen and Media Studies, a student should normally have at least a B average in either the best three of their 300 level Screen and Media Studies papers or all their undergraduate Screen and Media Studies papers.
    Note that CGRD532, COMP543, CRPC591, CRPC592, CRPC593 and PCSS589 may not be taken towards the BA(Hons) or MA in Screen and Media Studies.
    To complete a BA(Hons) in Screen and Media Studies, students must complete 120 points at 500 level in Screen and Media Studies, including at least 30 points in research, normally SMST591 or an equivalent approved by the Programme Convenor, and at least 30 further points from papers listed for Screen and Media Studies.
    To complete a BMCT(Hons) in Screen and Media Studies, students must complete 120 points at 500 level including CRPC591, SMST501 and 60 points chosen from CGRD532, COMP543, PCSS589, SMST502, SMST503, SMST511, SMST512 and SMST519.
    Candidates for the MA in Screen and Media Studies should have completed either:
    a) a BA with a major in Screen and Media Studies (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ average in either the best three of their 300 level Screen and Media Studies papers or all of their undergraduate Screen and Media Studies papers, or
    b) a BA(Hons) in Screen and Media Studies (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ average across all 500 level papers.
    Completion requirements for the MA in Screen and Media Studies vary according to admission criteria:
    Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including SMST501, and either a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis or a 60 point dissertation.
    Students admitted under b) above must complete a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis and a further 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and a further 60 points from approved 500 level papers.
    Candidates for the MMCT in Screen and Media Studies should normally have completed an undergraduate degree with a major in Screen and Media Studies and have achieved at least a B+ average in either the best three of their 300 level Screen and Media Studies papers or all their undergraduate Screen and Media Studies papers. Candidates for the MA in Screen and Media Studies should normally have a minimum B+ average pass in their BA(Hons) or PGDip(SMST).
    To complete a MMCT in Screen and Media Studies, students must complete 180 points at 500 level, including CRPC593, SMST501 and 60 points chosen from CGRD532, COMP543, PCSS589, SMST502, SMST503, SMST511, SMST512 and SMST519.
  • CGRD532 - 14B (HAM)  - Information Visualisation
  • COMP543 - 14B (HAM)  - Information Management
  • CRPC591 - 14Y (HAM)  - Creative Research Project
  • CRPC592 - 14C (HAM)  - Dissertation
  • CRPC593 - 14C (HAM)  - Creative Research Thesis
  • PCSS589 - 14B (NET)  - Globalisation, Education and New Media Cultures
  • SMST501 - 14A (HAM)  - Researching the Media
  • SMST502  - Creative Theory
  • SMST503 - 14B (NET)  - New Audience Formations
  • SMST505  - Children and the Media
  • SMST507 - 14A (HAM)  - Scriptwriting
  • SMST508 - 14B (NET)  - Teaching NCEA Media Studies
  • SMST511 - 14A (HAM) & 14B (HAM)  - Image-making in Aotearoa/New Zealand
  • SMST512  - Media and Creative Industries
  • SMST518 - 14B (HAM)  - Digital Cinema: Production
  • SMST519 - 14A (HAM)  - Digital Cinema: Development
  • SMST520 - 14A (HAM)  - Digital Screens: Design and Aesthetics
  • SMST550  - Special Topic
  • SMST590 - 14A (HAM), 14B (HAM) & 14S (HAM)  - Directed Study
  • SMST591 - 14A (HAM), 14B (HAM) & 14Y (HAM)  - Dissertation
  • SMST592 - 14C (HAM)  - Dissertation
  • SMST593 - 14C (HAM)  - Screen and Media Studies Thesis
  • SMST594 - 14C (HAM)  - Screen and Media Studies Thesis
  • Prescriptions for the MPhil
    The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.
  • SMST800 - 14C (HAM)  - Screen and Media Studies MPhil Thesis
  • Prescriptions for the PhD
    The Doctor of Philosophy is a two year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.
  • SMST900 - 14C (TGA) & 14C (HAM)  - Screen and Media Studies PhD Thesis

Current information as of 2 September 2014 10:30am

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